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Legislature passes Right to Try bill for terminally ill
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Legislature passes Right to Try bill for terminally ill

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HELENA — A bill that would allow terminally ill patients to seek experimental treatments easily passed the Legislature and has been forwarded to Gov. Steve Bullock for his signature.

Senate Bill 142, sponsored by Sen. Cary Smith of Billings, passed the Senate 50-0 on Monday after the House amended it and passed it on a 93-7 vote on March 10.

The measure allows terminally ill patients who have exhausted all federally approved treatments to seek experimental drugs, biological products or devices that have successfully completed phase 1 of a clinical trial, but have not yet been approved for general use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So-called Right To Try laws are already in place in seven states, including Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming. Two dozen other states are considering the similar laws this year.

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